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I Brake For Snakes

A Walnut Creek Patch user found a bit of wildlife at Heather Farm Park.

Update: Walnut Creek Patch user Julie Jepsen-Grant was minding her own business, riding her bike (not driving her car, as your humble correspondent originally assumed) on a trail at Heather Farm Park on Thursday, when she encountered a rather large snake in the road.

Being an intrepid and cool-headed photographer, Jepsen-Grant chose to pull out her camera and capture the moment, rather than do what this author would have done and get the heck out of there. 

Does anyone know what kind of snake that is? Let me know.

steven ross January 22, 2013 at 03:59 PM
Looks like a Gopher snake to me.
Dive Turn Work January 22, 2013 at 04:35 PM
Looks like a scary one to me.
Jim Caroompas (Editor) January 22, 2013 at 05:09 PM
We have two other commenters, via email, who also say it's a gopher snake. Makes me glad I'm not a gopher.
CarolH January 23, 2013 at 03:13 PM
I wish that gopher snake would pay me a visit...oh, and the gophers I get in my yard!!!
Michael A Herr January 23, 2013 at 07:24 PM
Yep, gopher snake. Check out the tail (no rattles) and the head (not diamond-shaped). If you bother it, it may pretend to be a rattler, hiss and coil and strike . . . but it's all bluff.
Triple Canopy January 27, 2013 at 11:39 PM
EVERY snake gets a wide berth from me.... Eww. They're creepy.

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